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From:Friday, December 17, 2010 4:59 PM -0500
Subject:Trafficking eRoom 
Greetings to All of you!  This is a very good background document that is current - for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.  Is is part of the work supported by the United Nations Global Initiative to fight Human Trafficking.

All the best for the Christmas season and the New Year.

Mary Jo Toll
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OSCE - Organization for Security & Co-Operation in Europe
Direct Link to Full 68-Page OSCE 2010 Report on Human Trafficking:
VIENNA, 9 December - The OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, called on countries to change their perception considering human trafficking as a marginal phenomenon and instead encouraged them to recognize it as a massive-scale modern-day slavery in a speech today to the OSCE Permanent Council.

"Trafficking in human beings must be seen at the same time as a human rights violation and a transnational threat to security as it is mostly a business of organized crime which fuels corruption and money laundering, and therefore hampers economic and democratic development," said Giammarinaro in a speech to present her first Annual Report to the OSCE Permanent Council.
The report, Combating Trafficking as Modern-Day Slavery: A Matter of Rights, Freedoms and Security, illustrates the current reality of human trafficking and its multiple forms. It also describes progress, policies and actions of the OSCE in 2010, and recommends a strategic approach for future work.
The ever-evolving modus operandi of traffickers poses a real challenge for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges, in both cultural and legal terms, Giammarinaro said. She outlined that while physical violence continues to be regularly used against some groups of trafficked persons, more subtle methods of coercion and abuse of a position of vulnerability have appeared.
Trafficking in human beings is a violation of human dignity, and therefore a human rights-centred approach is needed in all anti-trafficking action across the three dimensions of security, she said.
"We should do a better job of helping trafficked persons to take their life in their hands, and have access to justice and remedies including compensation and labour law remedies," she added, calling on participating States to identify and assist trafficked persons on a much larger scale.

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